Toronto @ CLEVELAND
Atlanta @ MIAMI
Charlotte @ MINNESOTA
Chicago @ PORTLAND
Brooklyn @ LA LAKERS
LA Lakers (-7)
CLEVELAND (-5.5) over Toronto
This was a close game two weeks ago. Cleveland has played a string of close games the last week or so, including their lone loss to Atlanta. I think they make a concerted effort to blow the doors off Toronto tonight in a statement win.
MINNESOTA (+2) over Charlotte
Minnesota showed a lot in their blowout win over the Lakers on Sunday. They’re second only to the Clippers in Net Point Differential during first and second quarters, then drop to dead last in third quarters. Charlotte, on the other hand, is the top third quarter team in the league thus far. Thibs knows that. He knows Clifford will have the Hornets ready coming out of the half. Look for the Wolves to come out of the half very ready to play tonight.
Chicago @ Portland OVER (213.5)
Love the shootout potential of this game, especially in Portland. I’d lean Chicago (+3.5) but I’m much more confident in the Over. Couple of great backcourt matchups. Excited how these two teams decide to handle the matchups.
Phil Jackson Is An Embarrassment
From this mornings Ham’s Hoops Roundup:
KRISTAPS PORZINGIS IS A GOLDEN GOD
Last night was one of those nights where you watch Kristaps with a Grinchian smile. Full package on display. Worked the glass like Duncan, displayed that crossover-stepback he developed this offseason, crashed the boards all night.
Oh Yeah, He Also Did This
INJECT THIS TWEET INTO MY VEINS
Justin Holiday Might Be A Quality Bench Player
Very, very quietly, Justin Holiday has become a quality bench player for the Knicks. He’s nothing particularly special, but he can defend and shoot the three and do some athletic things – all at a position the Knicks were very much lacking. Anyone who’s watched this team over the last year knows the best lineups are those with Melo and KP at the 4 and 5. I’m not saying they’ve found an answer at the 3 in Justin Holiday. But through ten games I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen from him.
No, Nah, NOPE
Good Decision, Marcus Morris
Bad Decision, Justin Hamilton
I Respect James Harden For Taking It Easy On Philly
He honestly could have gone for 50 by halftime. There are times where it just looks unfair for Harden to be on the same court as some of these guys. Last night was one of those night.
Sure, Why Not
Anthony Davis, V V Good
I Thoroughly Enjoy Watching Marcus Smart Get Dunked On
That’s A BIG Road Win For Memphis
THROW IN THE DAMN TOWEL
The Clippers Are Clicking On All Cylinders
Eh… Maybe Not All Cylinders